What Exactly are we Building? Our aim is to build a large Community Hall that could hold around 140 people for a sit-down meal. This will be served by a good-sized kitchen and toilets. In addition to this we aim to provide three extra rooms which can be accessed separately.
The new building will be connected to the church via a link that can either be open or locked. This will make our facilities as flexible as possible. It would be possible to hire out the church auditorium, the Undercroft, the Hall and Upper Rooms as a fantastic, complete, and cost-effective conference centre. Or it would be possible to use just one of the small spaces. Outside access to the hall will be from the East End, thus minimising any disturbance for neighbours.
How will it be Used by the Community? Our Church and Undercroft is already used for toddler group twice a week, Trinity Social Club, “Dads & Little ‘uns”, tutoring, holiday clubs, youth club, tutoring, Senior Citizens, local residents’ meetings, concerts, private parties, to name but a few of the activities.The number of enquiries we continue to receive from groups and individuals for both one-off events and courses, is a strong indication that the new-build will be well used.
It will be used for community and church groups, and private functions. These will include parent and toddler groups, Senior Citizens’ & kids clubs, half-term clubs, tutoring, counselling, fitness classes, social clubs, local resident meetings, cookery classes, church-based youth club, church social events, birthday parties, wedding & funeral receptions, Sunday Schools.
Use will be restricted to normal social hours, namely 8am – 11pm Monday to Friday, and up until midnight on Saturdays. On Sundays the building would technically be available for non-church service uses between 9am and 6pm although in practice this will be nearly always limited to the mid-afternoon, due to church use.
An Educational Hub. Tulse Hill Parish contains three primary, two secondary, and special needs school – in addition to at least three nurseries and children’s centres. By maintaining a permanent record of how it was built, we will be able to offer the venue as a valuable educational visiting opportunity.
The facility will be owned by Holy Trinity Church and run through the Parochial Church Council, but it will be here for the good of all.